Meet the Finalists in the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka


Congratulations to all who have been voted into the top three in our readers' choice survey.

Buy your tickets now for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka event!

Voting has come and gone for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka, and we received a record number of ballots from dedicated readers of Lake Minnetonka Magazine.
Hundreds of businesses were nominated for the awards, but only the top
three in each category will continue on to the Best of Lake Minnetonka event on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at BMW of Minnetonka.

All finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Listed order in no way implies number of votes or final result.

Bakery: Great Harvest, Patisserie Margo, Wuollet

Breakfast/brunch: Hazellewood Grill, Original Pancake House, Sunsets

Burgers: Gold Nugget Tavern & Grill, Maynard's, Snuffy's

Ethnic food: Sakana, Sushi Fix, Yumi's

Happy hour: Blue Point, Maynard's, Spasso

Wine selection: Gianni's Steakhouse, Haskell's, Spasso

Kid-friendly restaurant: Maynard's, Scotty B's, Snuffy's

New restaurant: Dakota Junction, Lago Tacos, Sushi Fix

Outdoor dining: Bayside Grille, Lord Fletcher's, Maynard's

Private-party venue: Bayside Grille, Bayview, The Commons

Bartender: Allie, Jake O'Connor's; Josh, Blue Point; Randy, Maynard's   

Pasta Dish: Hazellewood Grill, Joey Nova's, Spasso

Chiropractor: The Brost Clinic, Doctors of Chiropractic, Knewtson

Dental clinic: Holger Dental Group, Lake Minnetonka Dental, Wayzata Family Dentistry

Orthodontist: Basile Orthodontics, Kottemann Orthodontics, Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics

Pediatric clinic: Park Nicollet, South Lake Pediatrics, Wayzata Children's Clinic

Yoga class: CorePower Yoga, Lifetime Athletic Oakdale Village, Spirit of Lake

Fitness studio: Balanced Barre, The Barre, Lifetime Athletic Oakdale Village

Golf course: Burl Oaks, Wayzata Country Club, Woodhill Country Club

Medspa/rejuvenation clinic: Fusion LifeSpa, The Marsh, Skin Therapease

Builder/remodeler: Landschute, Shoreline Builders, Stonewood LLC

Home retail/furnishings: Grace Hill, Que Sera, The Sitting Room

Interior designer: Marceau Interiors, Martha O'Hara Interiors, Shirley Bolduc Interior Design

Landscaper: Gray Gardens Landscaping, Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens, Outdoor Excapes

Garden shop: Garden Patch, Otten Brothers, Tonkadale

Community event/festival: Apple Days, James J. Hill Days, Spirit of the Lakes

Kids' birthday party spot: Big Thrill Factory, Country Club Lanes, Pump it Up

Music lessons: Minnetonka Music, Mount Calvary, Threshhold

Preschool/daycare: Mount Calvary, St. David's Center, Wayzata Community Church

Summer program/camp: Day Camp Christmas Tree, Lake Minnetonka Sailing School, YMCA

High school teacher Paula Holmberg, Minnetonka High School; Matt Moran, Minnetonka High School; Chris Pears, Minnetonka High School

Doggy daycare/kennel/boarding: Adogo Pet Hotel, Augusta, Top Dog Country Club

Pet grooming/services: Adogo Pet Hotel, Bone Adventure, Glamour Pets

Veterinary services: Excelsior Animal Hospital, Village Animal Hospital, Westonka Animal Hospital

Class/program for seniors: The Gillespie Center, The Marsh, Minnetonka City Center

Financial advisor: Robert Bjork, Mark Cheeley, Rebecca Hopf

Hairstylist/barber: William Anderson, Salon Lili; Ashlee Olsen, Bella on the Bay; Trica Piazza, Sarinske

Photographer: Bella Saluti, Shari Fleming, Rebecca Hicks Photography

Massage therapist: Char Aune, Avalan Chiropractic; Jen, Bella on the Bay; Katrina, Fusion LifeSpa

Real estate agent: Joel Hentges, Gregg Larsen, Tammy Maddrey

Salon/spa: Bella on the Bay, Juut SalonSpa, Salon Lili

Insurance agent: Chad Babcock, State Farm; Jim Harper, Allstate; Janet Symons, State Farm

Children's shop: Creative Kidstuff, My Little One, Oh Baby

Boutique: Hot Mama, Maha! Boutique, Meridian Boutique

Small-business customer service: Art of Optiks, Excelsior Brew, My Little One

Gift shop/place to buy unique gifts: Blanc de Blanc, Capers, General Store

Jeweler: Albers, Evergreene, Graham Jewelers

New shop: Fleurish, Oil & Vinegar Wayzata, Yogurt Lab

Sporting goods: Dick's, Gear West, Sun and Slope

Eyewear: Art of Optiks, Brevier Optical, Excelsior Eye Care